The Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) promotes coordination and cooperation among federal departments and agencies conducting disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research including programs relating to assistive technology research and research that incorporates the principles of universal design. It is chaired by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research and includes 17 statutory member agencies. 

Message from the Chair


The mission of the ICDR is critical to interagency coordination of disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research program efforts across the Federal government. To this end, the ICDR is working to implement the Government-Wide Strategic Plan that is framing the goals and objectives of the Committee.
The ICDR and working groups submitted the Plan and obtained clearance April 26, 2019 and have been working diligently to accomplish the goals and objectives established in the Plan. The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the manner in which we function as an organization, but not the nature of our work. Virtual collaboration has been a necessary and practical approach to maintaining the ICDR’s momentum toward accomplishing our goals.

We are particularly enthusiastic about the progress of the Government Wide Inventory (GWI) work group that continues to work toward the planning, design, and deployment of a searchable GWI for disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research for trend and data analysis across all Federal agencies. This work is being done in conjunction with the NIH Library. A test platform has been developed and organizational data are starting to be populated. The group will soon introduce 2017 data and begin working with other agencies, including the Department of Defense and National Science Foundation (NSF).

We are looking forward to the Employment and Education (EE) work group’s presentation of a virtual symposium on evidence-based transition strategies that is planned for Fall 2020.

This unique interagency disability research collaboration has served to promote the exchange of information and foster coordination among the member departments and agencies. The ICDR is making great progress and we eagerly anticipate the outcomes of the work that is underway.  

If you would like more information about the work of the ICDR, please email inquiries, comments, or requests to the support team at

Kristi Hill, PhD
Chair ICDR

Rasheda Q. Parks, PhD
Executive Director ICDR

ICDR Government Wide Strategic Plan

Since the approval of the ICDR Strategic Plan by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the working groups have begun or continued their activities based on the identified implementation strategies. The plan now serves as the guiding document for the Executive Committee and working groups. The full plan is available on the ICDR website.

If you are interested in being involved in any of the activities outlined in the plan, please contact

Executive Committee Met in January and April

The Executive Committee met on January 20, 2020 and April 29, 2020 to focus on the implementation of the Strategic Plan. The committee and working groups worked to identify timelines, next steps, partners, and points of contact. The committee discussed strategies on how to move forward with the implementations of the activities outlined in the plan. This year will focus on Objectives 5, 6, 7.
  • Objective 5: Develop a housing research portfolio among agencies who share an interest in research and policy related to housing for individuals with disabilities. (CIP Working Group)
  • Objective 6: Create a Youth Transition Research Academy to analyze and advance quality research methodologies to improve the transition-related evidence base. (EE Working Group)
  • Objective 7: Convene key stakeholders to develop infusions and inclusion strategies to include persons with disabilities as a target audience among federal agencies conducting health and wellness programs and research initiatives. (HFW Working Group)
The meeting minutes can be found here. The committee will meet again on June 10, 2020.
Government-Wide Inventory Database Activities
The Government-Wide Inventory working group is continuing their work with interagency colleagues. The working group has been convening monthly meetings to focus on populating the database with FY 2016 disability grant data. This will include grants from NIDILRR, NIH, CDC, and the VA. The next phases will include FY 2017 data, with more agencies to be added. If you are interested in being involved, please contact
Employment and Education Activities
The Employment and Education Working Group is planning a symposium on evidence-based transition strategies. The Working Group has been meeting regularly in order to determine details such as timeline and meeting format. They are continuing to gather input of possible experts in the field who could contribute. If you are interested in being involved, please contact
ICDR Website Updates
Enhancements have been made to the ICDR website ( A demonstration was provided to EC members during the January 20th EC Meeting. These updates included:
  • ICDR Agency Activities Profiles. These profiles include all member agencies, and include their mission, news and highlights, strategic plans, events and links to their websites.
  • The ICDR Homepage was updated to display all member agency logos. Users can select these logos and will be directed to the new ICDR Agency Activities Profiles.
  • The Info Share feature was expanded so that users can submit events to be included on the ICDR Events page.
  • The ICDR Events feature was updated to highlight member agency events in addition to ICDR events. Calendar functionality was enhanced to allow users to see events in a month, week, day, and year view, in addition to a list format. Users can navigate through these calendar views to find events of interest. Additionally, they can filter events by specific member agencies to narrow their events search.
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